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Indiana University issues cease and desist against Tau Epsilon Phi student organization



Bloomington, Indiana – A “cease and desist” order has been issued against a fraternity on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University by the Office of Student Life.

The Indiana University chapter of Tau Epsilon Phi has been suspended until further notice due to hazing, according to the university’s website. Officials stated that as of February 12, the Office of Student Life at the university has ceased all of the organization’s operations.

The office’s definition of “cease and desist,” according to its website, is “an interim measure placed upon certain aspects of chapter operations when there is an immediate threat or ongoing investigation.”

The fraternity was established in 1910 at Columbia University and has chapters as far west as Indiana and throughout the East Coast, according to the organization’s website.

The website states that there have been reports of cease and desist orders at the university from other organizations. Among these organizations are:

• Kappa Sigma, effective Aug. 15, 2023 because of alcohol, endangering others and hazing
• Sigma Alpha Epsilon, effective Oct. 10, 2023 because of hazing
• Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, effective Oct. 27, 2023 because of hazing
• Alpha Kappa Psi, effective Jan. 30 because of hazing
• Beta Sigma Psi, effective Feb. 5 because of Hazing.


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